Despite the loss, the Blue Jackets still hold a 2-1 lead over the Capitals and will look to push second-seeded Washington to the brink of elimination in their Game 4 matchup at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Thursday night.
Then, the series will shift back to Washington for what could be a decisive game 5.
The D.C. sports trifecta didn't hit Tuesday - the Wizards dashed those hopes with an ugly loss at Toronto in the first result of what would turn out to be a late night - but the Nationals beat the Mets at Citi Field for a second consecutive game and the Capitals, the D.C. team in most desperate need of a win, got one in Columbus with the ugliest most attractive goal you'll ever see from Lars Eller nine minutes into the second overtime of Game 3.
"I just think we found our confidence at the right time and feel good about ourselves", Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said after the 5-4 victory in Game 2 on Sunday night. It was the Capitals' turn to prevail in OT, this time on the Blue Jackets' home ice, to pull to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. (I recommend this technique for the inevitable overtime in Game 4.) Things were apparently a little less tense in the Capitals' locker room.
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"You &'re at a tricky spot, nonetheless it's's going to be fun once we dive back and we're going to tie this string and return back and play Game Five at house", Ovechkin informed reporters in front of Tuesday's Game several.
After feasting on the power play in the first two games, the Blue Jackets failed to score on four tries with a man advantage. The Capitals have at least had the decency to limit fans' stress to one overtime over the past few seasons, and Tuesday marked only the second game in Washington's past 19 playoff overtime games that required multiple overtimes.
After a scoreless first period, Wilson got credit for the first Washington goal when he deflected Matt Niskanen's rising shot 5:52 into the second.
The Capitals appeared to go ahead 2-0 on a Brett Connolly goal a few minutes later, but the officials waved it off, saying Washington was offside on the play.
But Ovechkin, that has a couple thus far in the drama and headed the National Hockey League with forty nine goals at the normal year, is perhaps not bothered by figures and knows that when some problems can be corrected by his team that there is certainly a good deal.